Sometimes we must clarify what it means to be Godly by what Godliness is not. We are not talking here of deeds Godliness produces. Our focus is the nature of Godliness as the core of our person.
Godliness is not commandment keeping or moralism. Godliness may not even be fifteen years spent as s missionary. It’s not Christian culture or works of charity. And it is not religion. Godliness is Christ in you or more to the point, Christ as you.
HE IS YOUR LIFE
‘When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’ Col 3.4 NIV. The glory of you as a daughter or son is your living to your purpose and destiny. You are revealed into your glory by being hidden in Christ.
Acceptance and union with God is not some a transaction. You don’t earn acceptance with God. You receive it and live in it. Incarnation is Godliness. This is the treasure in the field. Don’t leave it in the field of religion un-possessed.
Oneness with God is a state of being and a life. It is the effect of the atonement and the reality of the incarnation in you and I. It’s union with God.
In writing of the nature of God Torrance observes, “The effect of the.. [Nicaean Creed] was to disclose the nature of God’s Being as a Communion of divine Persons, who in and through their distinctive properties and their indivisible relations with and for one another are the triune Being of God.” (1) But there being is also their action. The enterprise of the trinity has been to undo the separation began by Adam and draw us into the fellowship that is God. This communion has drawn us into itself and come to live in us so that we are interwoven with God.
‘Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them’ John 14.23 NIV. Obeying Jesus’ teaching means agreeing with Him that He is our life.
Loving God is realised in loving Christ and responding to His invitation to receive Him as our salvation and our life. In receiving Jesus we receive His fellowship; His oneness with God.
‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. John 14.20. This is the day that you are born again, the day you become a son rather than a worker and the day that you begin to represent the Kingdom of God.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 128). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.